Tuesday Magic Item – Hemloth’s Lunar Harness and Plow

29 January, 2013

Away from the prying eyes of the lord’s greedy tax collectors and the church’s grasping functionaries, a large clearing had been made in the forest.

“Are you sure about this, Herrick?” asked his son.

“We need crop that we can count on, that will not be taken for war or taxes,” replied Herrick, a grizzled old farmer, as he pulled on a harness clearly meant for a horse.  “Now grip that plow, we will need to get as much work done as we can tonight.”

His son did so, his knuckles white.  Herrick took the bit between his teeth as the moon rose above the trees.  As the light struck him, his body grew and shifted, painfully changing him from man to horse.  Only his tight grip on the bit between his teeth kept him from screaming through the ordeal.  Once he was fully horse, he began pulling the plow which cut an easy and deep furrow in the recently cleared ground.

Hemloth’s Lunar Harness and Plow

These items are of great age but clearly well cared for and mended, the harness is of leather and blackened iron while the plow is hardened oak with a iron share (blade).  They often are of quite ancient design.

The constant ability of the harness and plow is simple, it never wears out, small bits may need to be replace and basic maintenance will make it work better but it never falls to pieces or becomes completely unusable.

During the nights of the full moon, a man wearing the harness may transform into an appropriate pack animal for the period of time that moonlight fall upon them.  During this time, the plow is supernaturally effective and each hour spent plowing achieves as much as six spent normally and crops planted there within the next month are exceptionally fertile.  However, using it is not without cost, the transformed person takes 1d4 points of Constitution damage when they change back to their normal form.

Aura faint transmutation; CL 5th
Slot special; Price 500; Weight 40+ lbs
Construction Requirements
Craft Wondrous Item, animal growth, bear’s endurance bull’s strength, mending, plant growth; Cost 250

Notes: Again, more practical magic.  Something useful for farmers, especially those that need to do some of their farming in secret.  But useful for farmers who can use it openly as well.

One comment

  1. Awesome! In the venerable tradition of the Saw of Mighty Cutting, the Mattock of the Titans, and the Spade of Colossal Excavation! But with more panache. I love it.

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